Portland events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Concerts in the square

August 1 - 29, 2017 (Tuesdays at noon)

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Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 2 - Sept. 6, 2017 (Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play jazz, country, salsa, and R&B at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 2 - Sept. 8, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

August 3 - Sept. 8, 2017 (begins July 6)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Indie roots music festival

August 3 - 6, 2017

17 miles SE

Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Movies on a rooftop

August 3 - 31, 2017 (Thursdays)

0.5 miles NW

See films on the rooftop of Hotel deLuxe during Top Down: Rooftop Cinema, with local bands at 8 p.m., cocktails, beer, barbecue, and films at dusk. No pets.

Cocktails at the market

August 4, 2017 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles NE

Unwind promises “cocktails, food, and music” at Skidmore Fountain for age 21+.

Crawfish festival

August 4 - 5, 2017 (opens Friday 4 p.m.)

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has food, beer, wine, and music both days. Saturday it adds races, vendors, carnival games, eating contests, a kids’ zone, and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Dancers in the moonlight

August 4 - 6 & 10 - 13, 2017 (gates open 7:30 p.m.)

11.7 miles south

See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Movies in the square

August 4 - 18, 2017 (Fridays from July 21)

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Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs. Free.

Church festival

August 5, 2017

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Portland area churches offer singing and music, vendors, food, and family activities at International Praise Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Iranian festival

August 5, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Portland Iranian Festival has live music, dance, Iranian food, a fashion show, traditional arts and crafts, calligraphy, carpets, and books at PSU Park Blocks (1914 SW Park Avenue). Free.

Beer tasting

August 5, 2017 (8 p.m., VIP 7:30)

1.5 miles east

A ticket to Total Brewclipse PDX (named after the total solar eclipse this month) gets you unlimited beer tasting, food trucks, live music, fortune-telling, space-gazing, and a dance party at The Redd for age 21+.

Japanese festival

August 5, 2017 (3 to 9 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 5, 2017

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Street is closed from 42nd to 50th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors. Free.

Evening run

August 5, 2017

5.2 miles south

Sunset on Springwater is a family-friendly 10K and half marathon that begin and end at Sellwood Riverfront Park, including a post-race barbecue with food, live music, games, and a beverage garden.

Music & food festival

August 5, 2017

20 miles east

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert has live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Air and vehicle show

August 5, 2017

23 miles NW

See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a half marathon, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 5 - 6, 2017

1.2 miles SE

Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot & spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest Sunday at 2 p.m. in OMSI bridge parking lot.

Minerals festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, geode cutting, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Green living fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

68 miles south

Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

French films

August 5 - 29, 2017 (begins July 15)

0.3 miles SW

Classic French Cinema screens the great films that built France’s cinema legacy at Portland Art Museum.

Lents Street Fair

August 6, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

7.3 miles SE

Lents Founders Fair has live music, food, craft vendors, a kids’ area, a chicken beauty pageant, and the Belmont Goats in the SW corner of Lents Park, plus a walk on closed neighborhood streets. Free.

Oregon Trail 5K

August 6, 2017 (9 a.m.)

12.9 miles south

The Oregon Trail Game 5K and 8K is a scenic run through Oregon City with challenges along the way.

Beatles celebration

August 9, 2017 (9 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration features The Nowhere Band playing the entire Sgt. Pepper album plus other songs of the era, with live visuals by JumpWire at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 11 - 12, 2017

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in March.

Garlic festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

19 miles NW

Elephant Garlic Festival has garlic-flavored foods, arts & crafts, and live music in North Plains. No pets. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 11 - 14, 2017

137 miles SW

Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with 67 acts, an all-night Saturday dance, a marketplace, and a yoga pavilion in Tidewater.

Bar party

August 12, 2017 (2 to 8 p.m. or later)

1.5 miles east

It’s so Bazaar: The XRAY.FM Summer Party and Street Fair has live radio broadcasts, DJ and live music, and 40 vendors (jewelry, vintage, books, zines, records) inside and outside White Owl Social Club. Free.

Fruity beer

August 12, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

The first Portland Radler Fest promises 20 varieties of beer and cider mixed with fruit soda, live music, street tents, and food specials at StormBreaker Brewing.

Alberta Street Fair

August 12, 2017

4 miles NE

Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment.

Night market in Beaverton

August 12, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

8.2 miles SW

Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

Fossil festival

August 12, 2017

16 miles NW

Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and free entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 12, 2017

28 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Rooster Rock State Park in Corbett. Parents race for free.

Bike and beer fest

August 12 - 13, 2017

7.8 miles NW

Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show features builders of bike frames & parts, bike films & photos, brewers, food vendors, and live music at Cathedral Park Place.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 13, 2017

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 7.5-mile walk or a 3 to 30 mile ride with stunning views from atop Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet. No dogs or skates.

India Festival

August 13, 2017

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Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Jazz in a vineyard

August 13, 2017

23.3 miles south

Hear four local artists perform in the country, with wine, beer, and food for sale at Aurora Colony Vineyards Jazz Festival in Aurora.

Country music festival

August 17 - 20, 2017

90 miles south

Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Solar eclipse events

August 17 - 22, 2017

Madras & Salem

Most Total Solar Eclipse Events require reservations in advance, and some are sold out. Expect traffic jams.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 18, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

24 miles SW

The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro for age 21+.

Tasting in Salem

August 18, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 18 - 20, 2017

27 miles NW

Banks Bar-B-Que Truck and Tractor Pull has tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade (Sunday at 11 a.m.), and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Zoo concerts

August 18 - Sept. 9, 2017 (from June)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Beer & music festival

August 19, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Portland Beer and Music Festival promises unlimited samples of 50 craft beers, wines, and spirits, with food vendors, a DJ stage, and a live music stage indoors at the Tiffany Center.

Adult soapbox derby

August 19, 2017

5 miles east

Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. No dogs. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 19, 2017

11 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Bigfoot festival

August 19, 2017

17.3 miles east

The inaugural Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Farm festival

August 19, 2017

21 miles north

The Garlic & Tomato Festival has live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tasting, fruits and vegetables for sale, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities at Northwest Organic Farms in Ridgefield, WA. Free.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 19, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

27 miles west

Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Wild bird release

August 19, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

30 miles SW

Hear about raptors and see them up close at Vineyard Raptor Release, then watch the 4 p.m. release of a rehabilitated great horned owl at Durant Vineyards in Dayton. Free except optional wine tasting 2 to 3 p.m.

Distillery tasting

August 19 - 20, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles NE

Meet the makers of locally crafted spirits and buy cocktails or bottles at Spiritsfest in Ankeny Plaza (2 SW Naito Parkway) for age 21+. Free admission.

LEGO expo

August 19 - 20, 2017

7.1 miles north

Brick Fest Live features family activities, amazing exhibits, and vendors of LEGO plastic bricks at the Portland Expo Center.

Miniature air show

August 19 - 20, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

27.2 miles west

Watch drones, aerobatic planes, helicopters, warbirds, and even jets perform at the Radio-Controlled (RC) Air Show, with a kids’ candy drop in Forest Grove.

Wine tasting

August 20, 2017 (3 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

6 miles SW

Taste 35 Northwest wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Vine & Dine in Multnomah Village.

Wine tasting in Multnomah

August 20, 2017 (3 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

6.3 miles SW

Multnomah Village Vine & Dine promises “35 superb NW wine and food stars” offering wine tastings paired with sweet and savory bites in the lower parking lot at Multnomah Village.

People in the street

August 20, 2017

Located 8.1 miles east

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 6.4 miles of streets during Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Solar eclipse

August 21, 2017 (10:15 to 11:30 a.m.)

60 miles south

Day will turn to night for up to two minutes when a Total Solar Eclipse rolls across parts of Oregon, from Newport to Ontario. Expect full hotels and traffic jams. Do not look at the sun without special eclipse glasses or safe viewing methods. Witness Portland’s 99.4% eclipse at 10:18 a.m. at a Portland viewing party.

Italian festival

August 24 - 26, 2017

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Festa Italiana offers live music, dancing, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, children’s activities, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 25 - 26, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland to Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 25 - 27, 2017 (opens Fri. 3:30 p.m.)

9 miles north

Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Fairy festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

25 miles NW

Billed as the world’s largest faerie festival, Faerieworlds has costumed faeries, entertainment, music, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Farm food festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

30 miles SW

Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Bluegrass music

August 25 - 27, 2017

51 miles SE

Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Picker’s Fest offers music in the mountains and optional camping at Zigzag Mountain Farm in Rhododendron.

Music retreat

August 25 - 27, 2017

91 miles SW

Stay for a day or camp all weekend at Slab Creek Music + Gathering, where people of all ages and abilities can explore, create, learn, and perform music of all genres, with workshops, performances, and music jams in pretty Neskowin.

Oregon State Fair

August 25 - Sept. 4, 2017

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

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August 26 - 27, 2017 (1 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a music festival with 18 acts and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Taco festival

August 26 - 27, 2017 (noon to 8 p.m.)

7 miles north

The first Portland Taco Festival promises a wide variety of tacos, tequila tasting, live music, Lucha Libre wrestling, vendors, and racing chihuahuas at Portland Meadows. Free for children age 12 and younger.

Car & boat show

August 26 - 27, 2017

8 miles south

Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Saturday has boats, Sunday has boats and cars. Free.

Dahlia Festival

August 26 - 28 and Sept. 2 - 4, 2017

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 27, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

2.5 miles east

Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Boulevard (from 31st to 41st). Free.
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